Russian diplomat: Taliban leadership ready for political compromise in Afghanistan

Russian diplomat: Taliban leadership ready for political compromise in Afghanistan

The Taliban (radical group, outlawed in Russia) leadership understand the need to search for a political solution to the current deadlock in Afghanistan and are ready for a political compromise, Russian presidential special envoy for Afghanistan and director of the Russian foreign ministry’s second Asia department Zamir Kabulov said on Tuesday.

"Over the past 20 or so years, the bulk of the leadership certainly got fed up with the war and understand that there is the need to search for political solutions to the current deadlock and the internal ones. I see this not only in words but also in intentions, which are translated in various forms, that they are ready for a political compromise. But it’s clear that from their viewpoint a political compromise should be decently presented to them," Kabulov told an online discussion at the Valdai Discussion Club.

On the other hand, the Taliban group is not standing still and there emerges a generation of younger fighters "with bigger ambitions and who, to a large extent, have never lived in a calm, free and unoccupied Afghanistan."

"They are convinced that they are fighting for the liberation of their motherland from foreign invaders and for the values of Islam as they see them. This passionate young part of the movement, led by individual field commanders, is still radically minded. But they are killed in these combat actions that are ongoing," TASS cited the diplomat as saying.

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